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Katherine Isbister, Aviv Elor, and Eddie Melcer

You don’t usually hear shrieking at SEMICON West, the enormous annual electronics product design and manufacturing association’s annual conference. But it happened twice at this year’s conference. Both came during the “Gaming at the Hardware Boundaries” TechTalk; both during presentations by UC Santa Cruz faculty in the Computational Media department.

Professor Katherine Isbister’s Social Emotional Technology Lab (SET Lab) is looking for ways to use technology to foster relationships…

David Lee

UC Santa Cruz Baskin School of Engineering Computational media Professor David T. Lee took home an honorable mention from this year’s Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI) for his paper "Causeway: Scaling Situated Learning with Micro-Role Hierarchies." Co-authors Emily S. Hamedian and Gregg Wolf also have UCSC affiliations: both are Ph.D. students in the Computational Media department who work in Lee’s …

Leila Takayama in lab

A recent Faculty Research Award from Google will help Associate Professor Leila Takayama learn what it takes for a robot to learn from its human peers. According to Takayama, robots are like new human hires: They need onboarding to do their jobs successfully. While there are often formal guidelines for new [human] employees, she points out that many of the most important rules are implicit (e.g., who can call meetings with whom, how to catch the boss for a quick meeting) and learned through…